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Happy Monday. Welcome back to The Journey. It’s been blustery, raining, and crispy cool in Los Angeles, I love it. Feels like winter.

This weeks  message is about self care in times of stress, and challenges. It’s pretty simple although at times it can be hard to do.

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A friend of mine has a way of thinking about money, it boils down to, I do not lend money, I give it. If they give it back to me that’s great but I don’t let money come between me and my friends. Naturally the philosophy is born out of instances where she had to cull some unsupportive, leech-like relationships, but because of the difficulties she experience in her relationships she learned a valuable (personal) lesson.

I’m reminded of this with a feeling of “giving without receiving.” It’s an expression this weeks energy. As Bjork sings, we give out the energy, support, time, and caring but we shouldn’t expect it to be returned from the sources we have invested them in. In fact that’s a bit of the bitchy-Virgo in each of us that thinks should get back what we have invested from the ones we have cared for.

Well, you’ll be taken care of, you’ll be given love…

Maybe not from the sources
You have poured yours
Maybe not from the directions
You are staring at

Twist your head around
It’s all around you
All is full of love
All around you

~ All is Full of LoveBjörk

Tarot Weekly: November 22 - 28th

The cast of cards this week are an interesting bunch, standing on their heads for the most part. Page of Pentacles remains in the sweep with a continuation of the “yada yada yada” about problems, which could probably begin to harp a “me. me. me.” song as the time that was given is not returned and a little martyr is born out of it. Watch yourself.

Remember to give back to yourself, that’s the first and most viable source of rejuvenation, besides how much gratitude are you going to get if you are holding your hand out and asking for it? The point is then lost. Watch escapism, need for validation, demands for pay-back.

There are some notes in the air here that says there has been, or we could be entering a time of some challenges and we’ve given a lot into our situation on the level of giving / receiving / exchange. This could be work, this could be relationships, this could be helping out a friend, or cause… The underlying message is not to be so intense, or driven because you could  lose the balance point perspective of charity and fall into the role of debt collector.

This is not about “right” and “wrong”, winners or losers, those who have and those who have not.

We can honor our feelings. There may be something that is critically wrong with the situation we are in, either immediately or in the long run, and by Gods, that is valid. We can say I have given enough and now it’s time for me. Some self-appreciation is in order, or even some pats on the back from a friend who see’s your real worth. Talk to them. Step away and in one way or another refuel.  Find some balance in your life between work and play, giving and receiving, honor and obligation. It’s the “Holiday Season,” a time when these issues can seem to pop up around every corner, and so it is also the perfect time to be mindful of this balance between give and take.

Give when we are full. If we feel empty then it is time to step back and rejuvenate. Take care of our health and well being and then from there we are in the place where we can enter into the scenario or move onto other things.

When we expect gratitude, when we ask for thanks, or demand respect we have lost all three things, it’s probably wise at that point to look critically at our situation and what we are getting out of it; what we expect out of it; and what we are doing for ourself that may need to be asked.

“When you feel locked into a difficult set of circumstances – nothing can be accomplished – center yourself and wait. Difficult though your life may be – it will change. Go deep within yourself and seek spiritual guidance. Think carefully now and ask yourself if you have considered everything. Communicate any new ideas or decisions in such an objective way that they can be received and heard. Focus your mind and allow yourself to see the whole picture.

When your balance and peace are disturbed – your passage is no longer serene – your emotions are stirred up and your physical or spiritual journey becomes stormy. Trying to “attack” a long standing problem – especially one that has been accepted by others – only agitates the situation…”

~ Crystal Reflections

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Hi there. Happy Monday.

The hour changed and it rained all night. I had the most pleasantly interrupted by the sound of wind and water, nights sleep. The occasional wake of a tire on wet pavement. It brought about a deep sense of peace, an overwhelming rest that kept waking me with a feeling of alertness. I had to force myself to sleep to avoid staying up all night.

I pulled cards this last week for today. Seems like I’ve been thinking about several situations at the same time I began to tune into the message for the weekly and the voice, for me this week, came from a very visible source: Human behavior.

There’s definitely, definitely, definitely no logic
To human behaviour

But yet so, yet so irresistible
And there’s no map
and a compass
wouldn’t help at all

They’re terribly moody
And human behaviour
Then all of a sudden turn happy

But, oh, to get involved in the exchange
Of human emotions
Is ever so, ever so satisfying

Oh oh, and there’s no map

~Björk || Human Behavior

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Please note the recurring message of the Queen of Swords and the Knight of Cups… again! These are stresses on seeing and delivering the truth, message, expression through an offering, or method of giving (gift-giving).

A perfect example of this is the person you know that believes they are heading in the right direction but on every level they are really ignoring the message. “The Message” being the way that the world interacts with them, the cause and effect, the ripples returning as what the “friend” feels are attacks, drama, and things that they have no personal responsibility for.

Honey if you’re in it, and you’re experiencing it, then you are a part of that problem or situation and probably have an obligation to be your best self. Running off and dodging situations that you feel are uncomfortable doesn’t solve anything. Spending money on toys or parties doesn’t pay the bills.

Easy, fast, immediate fixes are not the answer, no matter if they make us momentarily feel better (watch the power of the Knight of Cups in reverse).

The problems that exist in your life are your problems and you can’t pretend that you are blameless. In fact it’s a bit of an ego trip to think that you didn’t do anything to deserve this.

The Queen of Swords and the Knight of Cups have shown up repeatedly, sometimes in reverse, to delivery the message of truth, to look at ourself objectively and to ask what our motivations have been. I feel like there are many observations that can be made but what i find most striking is the two common themes:

  • Fearing the truth. Fearing to hear it, or fearing to delivery it and thinking that if we use the same passion that wants to express that message and putting it somewhere else that things will go a different way. Doesn’t seem to look that way now does it?
  • The Gift. Gratitude, in essence, seals the circle and completes karma. When we pray, we pray for what is, not what isn’t. When we visualize in spell work we are adding our Will to what is desired, the outcome is seen as done. The gift given. The gift received. What is your perspective about what is happening? Are you seeing the opportunity? Where is your emotional focus.

These two representations of action  and intention are pointers for what appears to be a common message here at the Journey.

I think that the answer should be fairly obvious as the Five of Pentacles and Ten of Wands (R) are pointing out that the situation is running you down and (this is heightened by the Ten of Wands) wearing your thin. This could potentially be seen as a mini-tower, without the thunder and lightning. It’s an easy transition once you let go and allow for the gift of that change to occur.

All the hub-bub is around any resistance to the idea. The power of the Knight of Pentacles is rather hound-like. It’s driven (air to earth) and can be as much of a gift as it is a curse, especially if we are miss-directed in our pursuits. The power, drive, and ambition become destructive, and we become blind to the course because of the stubborn nature of his power.

Sometimes your storyline is
the only line you have to Earth
~Sharon Doubiago~

Salmon exists in the realm of ancestors. They swim waters and brave currents to return to their source. They are the inspiration, the magickal Crest, for the Journey this week. Returning to our sources (guiding principles, teachers, elders, our center) can yield the greatest illumination about our truth and take the emphasis from THE Truth which is often ideological and off-center to what we should be focused on.

Swimming upstream back to their birthing grounds is hard work. I want to say the contrary to the current swim it’s right in cases where we are discussing ourself, or someone else, who fits the bill as missing the (personal) message about their direction in life, on a project, or in a relationship (see last weeks weekly). Sometimes “the best” teaching method is to struggle, often that’s the only way that the wisdom of Salmon can come through.

Short and sweet this week!

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Hmmm. We pulled some nice cards this week! I believe that part of it was a new voice that came through when  I drew from a new deck. The little pocket tarot I have been using was getting a bit hard to shuffle. I’ve been waiting for the right deck to come my way.

I went through a list of decks, contemplating various styles but I always go back to what I consider my first deck: The Rider Waite. That said I chose a slight alteration in the art and I chose to work with the Universal Waite Tarot.

There were some cards in this week’s pull that we are familiar with, over the last few months they have been drawn a few times, and there were some new pulls. As I said the voice seemed different this week, brighter, more aimed at a constructive message of moving forward.

The weekly seemed aimed at personal goals related to success in our path, related to our prosperity in our work. “Work” could be creative, financial, or fundamental magickal progress with an emphasis on integrating the Path we follow in relation to the life we live. This is something that I am working on at The Journey, and I suspect if you are a reader they relate to our common purpose in integrative magickal or spiritual practice.

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Tarot: 11/01 – 11/0710

The Sun is in the spotlight with the following cards in the four directions:

North, Moon. East, Knight of Cups. South, Six of Pentacles (R). West, Seven of Wands. Animal Spirit was Deer, and an extra card came through, the Four of Pentacles.

Divination

If we’ve been diligent with our work in the last few months, in this period of transition the Sun is saying with great enthusiasm that your time has come to shine. This is your “Day in the Sun” as a break from the heavy, “learning,” or “processing,” is upon us. This is our central, Sol, card that emphasizes your time for success.

What is it you are working on? A personal project? A business plan? A new direction in your own Journey? Look for a bit of inspiration, insight, or a deepening of understanding in what you are seeking to accomplish.

The Moon sits in the the North, our physical path. This is where our feet will take us and it is an inner card… which could be seen to be in opposition to the Sun, sometimes denoting confusion in our actions or the next step we should take. My intuition is walking the inner road, or bringing forward the inner to the outer. Bridge building. The “confusion” can come from what can appear to be an ill-alignment but I compare this pairing with the significance of an eclipse. The Sun within, the Moon before us, shining and reflecting back our Path.

This alignment could be seen as a blessing of x-ray specs, or decoder glasses. You are shown a strange path forward. You can see markings that normally would not be apparent. These trail markers may not appear to make sense but the confidence you need is within to move forward along the snaking path to destination.

Our passionate, creative, self is highlighted by what feels to be the gift-bearer, Knight of Cups. There may be sensitivities to where you can apply your gifts. These gifts are applicable to completing the process. Think of it as keys to unlocking points of change along the way. Things you give, or receive that are part of the bigger equation of letting go of one part of a life and entering another. These gifts are most likely to become visible, directional, in a relationship, as cups deal with love / relating.

The mind (South) is in another direction as the Six of Pentacles (R) illustrates. I want to quote one of the sources I use for comparison. I like to double check my intuition and explanation.

“Any relationship is based on the dynamics between those who have and those who don’t. Doling out attentions, promises, “sexual favors” or finances can be a manipulative means of keeping people bound to you. You are now learning to give with no conditions, according to your ability and to receive what is freely given you – for only then will you find true stability and security in your relationships. When success is measured in terms of what you give – everyone shares in it. If success is measured in terms of what you get, you will always be chained to the need for more. Release your defensive attitude.

There is an indication that your situation – emotionally or economically dominates you – giving you very little, but just enough to keep you from looking for something else. Analyze your situation very carefully now. Does your job give small material benefits with little satisfaction or chance for improvement? Are you involved in an unhappy, yet comfortable relationship? Do you feel your situation is oppressed, yet find that you do not want to endanger what little security you do have?

In situations like these – nothing is ever truly reconciled – the situation maintains balance and just keeps going. Can you show generosity and give spontaneously or do find that you measure out what you think you can afford to loose and give only what you will not miss? Do you find that you relate easily to others – while always hold back your deepest feelings and allowing yourself to accept only limited “gifts” from others? Does the display of strong emotions embarrass or scare you? Do you find that you place an offer of help in the category of “charity” and give people only what you “think” they are able to receive – unconsciously measuring out your giving according to what other people expect from you – always trying to avoid making yourself or another person uncomfortable?

You are challenged now to give more freely – to share from the heart and stop measuring out what you feel you can afford to loose. Release this “your win is my loss” attitude. Have the courage to continue the process you have started – it will result in a freer, more equal situation. Place yourself in the position to receive and stop cutting yourself off spiritually. Success is achieved through disciplined, step-by-step procedures – remaining open and flexible to opportunities that are presented. It is attainable as a result of following that which has heart and meaning in your life. Stay in your authenticity and truth now. Organize your communication so that context and timing are all aligned and put consistent energy into your life situations.”

Crystal Reflections

This is of course important if we are talking about the cup of fulfillment and what we are giving / receiving. Gifts.

The Seven of Wands in the West, speaking of emotions, tells me that there is a potential for argument or fighting over the emotional issues; alternatively acting out the struggle you may feel within the context of your closer relationships.

I have to ask, what are we battling here? Are we standing up for ourself, our belief, and taking the challenge before us with firm conviction? Are we radiating that light of the Sun, that we are reflecting into our lives (Moon) and moving forward? Are we not listening… or hearing but not doing? You are on the higher path here. At the moment anyway. Double check to make creating troubles and actually working on moving forward with your own success / fulfillment.

Deer brings a message of love, grace, sensitivity (again, she was here in early October). She stands between the West and the North and so cautions being to harsh in your healing, goals, or pursuit. Brevity doesn’t suit you. Drive should be tempered with sensitivity, drawing on the many levels of water that are present in this reading.

The last card is not part of the reading but is present so we include him. Four of Pentacles sits between the North and the East, instructing us on how to apply our thrust, or use our tools. This card underlines two points in my eyes.

  1. There is reason to stay your ground, keep your self in forward movement, because you are working forward on the path. This is an affirmation of the integrity of our belief in what we are doing.
  2. This is also a cautionary note not to be so possessive or single-minded in our pursuit that we are (Seven of Wands, brevity) cutting a path through bystanders along the way. Careful of your reactions / actions to your partner, associate, close friends. Keep Deer in mind.

In  short:

Keep your focus, now is a good time to move forward. Dont’ be to harsh or to quick. Cutting your way through to fulfillment is not advised. This could be a time of struggle just don’t make it drama. In all probability this is playing out with a close friend, partner, lover, family member, or other person(s) that are currently working intimately with.

Beware of inner issues playing out in your immediate relationships.

Look for indications of your path in the mundane world. Hints, messages, “coincidence,” that offer sign posts as to what you could be doing or where you can apply your gifts. “Gifts” being those skills that are directly related to your calling or what you really want to be doing. These may not immediately bear fruit but they lay some stonework for future stability in the direction you would like to be going.

Oh and watch that Venus retrograde in Scorpio, that should get back into Libra at the end of the week.

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As always, I hope you are well. I look  forward to hearing from you.

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Be well,

Scott K Smith
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Death, from the 1911 Tarot deck by Pamela Colm...

Key XIII | Image via Wikipedia

In the middle of meditation on this weeks Tarot spread, contemplating Death, I received nine calls to ask for distance healing. A friend has been in an accident, her car is totaled, and tho she is OK, I think we’re all shaken.

My lesson seems to be to listen to my quiet voice. During my meditation I kept receiving an image of female, and feeling death. I didn’t want to pull other cards, for a minute I had to focus in on that image.

While I was meditating there was a faint buzzing. Below on the street was parked a truck, humming a long but the quiet voice kept saying “answer the phone.”

I didn’t hear my phone.

Dogs start barking. SHHH! Something outside the door.

OKAY OKAY! I’m getting out of meditation I’m going to the phone!

I must seem like a brat to the spirits, hard-headed, and hard of hearing. I did get the call. I did learn about the accident. I did spend the rest of my morning sending Reiki-Earth-Healing energy.

Anyway, that made me look critically at the cards. As is the usual I opened myself to the message, may it be revealed safely, clearly, and with ease…

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October 25th – 31st.

A few things to consider this week as we look at the cards. It is Samhain, a time of looking to the future, parting the veil, honoring our ancestors and guardian spirits. A time of endings, insights, communion, and bonds with our spirit allies, families and history.

A good read to go along with the weekly is the Temple Bell, Samhain 2010, Temple of Witchcraft. Among the many interesting things in this issue is an article, Honoring the Ancestors. Steve Kenson (Minister, Temple of Gemini) talks about spirits like the Hidden Company, our ancestors of Blood, and Kindred Spirits, or cultural ancestors.

You can download a copy of the Temple Bell, here.

As I said, this week’s card is Key XIII, Death. The theme is then surrounded by four cards, made up mostly of swords: Queen of Swords; Four of Swords (R); Knight of Swords (R); Page of Wands.

Animal Spirit: Raven.

Death | Old Hood

Fortunately for us there are no opposing or reinforcing cards for Key XIII this week. That leaves us with the Energy of Transition / Transformation / Initiation. One part dies, another awakens. This process is inevitable and so you can approach it with a sense of magick and spirit… or be tugged down the path kicking and screaming. Either way you enter the portal and make your way from one life to another.

And that’s the thing about death isn’t it? “This to shall pass” and  so we shall go through the gate. Do you approach it as an Initiate, or do you return to it like a child, as you came in, screaming and crying?

Though this isn’t an actual death, I believe in the message of dignity, mystery, and reverence.

The Raven

I summon up the animal spirit because, where there be death, there be ravens! The Raven personifies the powers of the underworld, the ability to take the passage into the mysteries and return from the darkest depths with new knowledge and power.

Symbol of protection, healing, and initiation, and often death itself usually with many negative, cultural, connotations.

Raven creates the world

“A raven story from the Puget Sound region describes the “Raven” as having originally lived in the land of spirits (literally bird land) that existed before the world of humans. One day the Raven became so bored with bird land that he flew away, carrying a stone in his beak. When the Raven became tired of carrying the stone and dropped it, the stone fell into the ocean and expanded until it formed the firmament on which humans now live.”

Wiki.

Minor Arcana

Queen of Swords, she faces the truth, logically, direct and the point, she asks us to be clear and to see.

Her mind is sharp, honed over many years, like a sword it cuts through the bullshit to reach the heart of the matter. The truth. Righted she is in power, with a keen and agile mind. She IS the power of the owl in this instance. Her power can take you directly to the heart of the truth.

What perception does she wield. Is this you and your penetrating mind, or a woman of authority in your life who is showing you the way to see through to the mysteries? She sits in the Northern Quarter of the spread, representing Earth.

Four of Swords (R), lies in unrest, placed in the Eastern Quarter of the spread, place of Fire. These four swords council rest, to take a moment and breathe. The power of fire should be kindled and used to review, like a torch, let the light be your guide into deeper parts of self, exploration, or inquiry into your journey at this time.

Investigate your drive, re-fuel, then get back to moving with focus and direction. Watch for isolation tendencies, you may need company / help along the way.

Knight of Swords (R), charges through in the South, place of air, where we would expect to find harmony in the element and card, reenforcing the message.

What are you so impassioned to change? What is the reason? Has passion carried away logic? Where is discernment? Alternatively, are you being a slug, so overtaken by the power of something (your idea of it) that you just don’t wish to take up the sword and carry forward because of the work it will entail?

Be on guard, review sources of information, check yourself. Carry on.

Page of Wands, In the Western Quarter stands the Page of Wands. There is inspiration in how you feel, or better yet, creative energy in inspiration via an emotional outlet or connection.

Feel for the juice! The Passion for life. A new approach, wonder, or someone who invites you to play, to lighten up, to have some fun.

Bringing it together and what do you get?

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Here’s hoping you have a wonderful holiday! I’ll be out and about, dressed in bones. Be safe. Be merry. Get wild!

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Scott K Smith
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Looks like good ol’Clootie is hanging around for another week. Horney little bugger must be pretty insistent we catch the message. Last week was a look at miss-direction and perspective.

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WLANL - koopmanrob - Hekate

Hekate | Image via Wikipedia

There is truth in what you feel and see. The point is to listen to your feelings, you inner sense, about it’s rightness for your self. We can all suffer miss-direction, the world is full of many wonderful and terrible things that can bring up our passionate self. I consider it a personal challenge to allow for the fire in the belly to burn without it setting everything around me ablaze in a 4 alarm fire…. well at least not without the proper safety equipment.

When we come to the crossroads, it is our passion that lights the way. Harness it. Make a torch like luminous Hekate, and seek the path you choose.

For the centered person, this could be a time of observation, seeing over indulgence in vice in others and knowing or seeing the result of those decadence. You may find you have an opportunity to shine a light in the darkness. Caution indicates that you shouldn’t let other people’s business take you away from your own life so much that your own passions suffer.

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So our cards for the week are: The Devil; Ace of Pentacles (R), 7 of Wands (R); King of Swords (R); Ten of Wands; Assisted by Wolf.

I write to the creative, the spiritual seeker, the person who walks a similar path. Novice or adept, there is a thread that we share found in our connection.

The gist of what I received this week during communication with spirit that I work with on the Tarot Weekly was this.

  • False starts
  • Inspect what we have committed to; what have we allowed to overpower us? What have we given our power to, dis-empowering ourself.
  • To move forward (a very common theme lately at the Tarot Weekly) we must find the resources to leave the confines of our current situation.

What does that mean?

If it is a job and you wish to progress, you may find that this is not the job for you OR that someone has or is hindering your progression.

Relationships could be binding us from change that can infuse us with the creative energy we need. Not to say our partner(s) are bad news but maybe some break away time for you into your own endeavors would serve you better.

There is a final message of “Own your Mojo!”

Do what is necessary to find your great spirit, your authentic self, your true-glowing-you and begin to cultivate that energy. It is time.

A look at the cards…

The Devil: Desire, temptation, and encounters with our fears related to our passions and our animal nature.

What are you facing here in your current situation, are you actually tuning into your fears or an instinct that can help you in your life right now. Fear of progression? Fear of advancement? Fear of change?

Seven of Wands: Are you afraid of leadership? Decision making? Are you focused on imagined outcomes? Remember the realism of the Queen of Swords and the practicality of the King of Pentacles? When we clear the mind and get back to the real path of what needs to be done, the illusions of fear fall away; or if they, our doubts, are founded in actual relationships, it can help us to find our right perspective. Where the seat of our consciousness should be sitting.

Ace of Pentacles (R): Take the seed, plant it and begin! The door is before you. Your greatness, your wisdom / know how is on the other side. Pony up! Let the journey begin.

Do you feel insecure? What are you grounded in? Again, re-seat your consciousness in the proper throne.

King of Swords (R): Again, miss-direction but more specific, either there is focus on the wrong issues and not the bigger picture, or you have been fooled and it’s time to clear the head and set yourself straight.

He is representative of a selfish man, serving his own ends, and will probably do whatever it takes to make sure his own survivability / needs are met. Could be a very charming guy, who has a sense of how people work and uses that to play the right cards. If it’s not another, watch for these motivations in the self.

This could represent our own Devil.

Ten of Wands from the Rider-Waite Tarot deck

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Ten of Wands: Said to represent taking on too much, or more than your share of responsibility in a situation. Overburdened. I also feel an element of shame there… The figure is not only carrying to much, but his head is bend into the staves, hiding behind the work to prove the place he is in.

“See how much I have to deal with? This is why I can’t just let this go.”

Don’t fool yourself. It’s not worth the energy you are wasting that could be spent in something that you want to pursue and would make you happy.

The animal energy that comes through is the wolf.

For me, personally, this has to do with retaining a sense of power / independence while existing within the pack.

Our sense of self that is sustained by those we surround ourself with, we are empowered when we are connected to those that are part of the goal, support us in our higher aspirations, and want to see us succeed. Find these folks.

I recommend a meditation on the force and power of the Wolf to find the message that it brings to you in light of the tarot connection this week. Seek your lunar influence, feel the dirt beneath your paws, run through the primordial forest of your self.

HOOOOOOOWL!

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Hi there.

Very sorry for the delay in getting the weekly out and published but I have had an interesting weekend, followed by a day of longing for some deep forests and time away from the city. I’ve partially satisfied my thirst for some outdoors with meditation, and a few episodes of Wild China.

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This week we are visited first by Owl, then The Devil as the keynote speaker of the weekly reading. Accompanied by the Queen of Swords, the King of Pentacles, Nine of Swords, and again the Ace of Cups (R).

I’m aware that Owl as a bird of mysteries has many messages and meanings throughout time and in many, many cultures all over the world. Seen as birds of wisdom, symbols of protection, harbingers of death and the loss of virginity (to name a few), I am feeling this:

A guide in places where we would be hard pressed to see. A bird able to traverse the darkness and navigate the land through exceptional vision and sensitivity to sound. I am seeing the seeker, out in the forest, the moon in the distance and unsure of step or path, the owl guiding the way. Teacher of paths in darkness, dreams, and uncertainty.

What is before us? What do you see? What is said? What do you hear? Where is your path, feel. Know your direction.

The Devil

Illustration of the devil, page 577. Legend ha...

Devil | Image via Wikipedia

It is possible to discover our direction  in our passion… Our desire can lead us into dance, abandon, and intoxication and the paths of love, and desire. There is truth in these paths, yet there is danger when the symbol of the Devil pokes his head into the picture. We can become slaves to the rhythm of our thrust and leap, loosing our path when we loose our mental focus.

Passion without thought can lead to choices without realization. We can end up broke, sick, off-course. Naturally we can find ourselves in far better places than where we once were. Letting the fire of desire lead can break us out of routine. Take us into new life, vigor, vitality.

Whether this is chance or fate that breaks our cycle, or confuses us a long the Journey’s way, the Devil does not bother himself, he is laughing. This is his realm of delight, flavor, feeling, touch, and delicious intoxication. He rules the game, we are but participants in his realm. It is not harm he seeks to cause but enjoyment, it is our own fault if we go to far.

He is there guffawing again, for this too, our decadence, and overindulgence are paths within his sphere of influence.

How have you gotten to where you are? What are you experiencing? Is that feeling high or low? Examine what you assume, explore your view of this moment. I’m seeing that this is less like a time to let go into the passion of our desires unless we are aligned with what is brining us joy, experience, AND ready to handle the intensity with both ecstatic pleasure and then personal responsibility.

Note the accenting cards, there are specific pointers that could indicate a deception. This then is where I draw the cautionary note.

Queen of Swords

She faces the truth, logically, direct and the point, she asks us to be clear and to see.

Her mind is sharp, honed over many years, like a sword it cuts through the bullshit to reach the heart of the matter. The truth. Righted she is in power, with a keen and agile mind. She IS the power of the owl in this instance. Her power can take you directly to the heart of the truth.

King of Pentacles

The King of Pentacles is your “Ace in the pocket” at this time. He is either a helpful man, most likely older and more experienced in life, or an aspect of fortune that is influencing the outcome of your choices. He is good with these “earthly matters” and can give you the power of proper guidance and practical knowledge.

He can say “this is what you should do” and you might want to consider it.

But take this also as a potential warning. We’re dealing with a card of possible trickery and no heap of someone’s advice can replace your own true internal compass (baring any complete loss of common sense and your willy nilly dip into lack of connection to what is happening around you). Like any good reading, advice should lead you towards your answer, your betterment, or resolution (etc) not further into confusion.

Should you find that you are on the shit end of the stick in this weekly reading of the energy, meaning “confused” or “tricked”, “led astray”, etc. Please pull out your inner “don’t fuck with me” Queen of Wands, and continue from there. 🙂

This King is an emissary of practical action. Could be time to find your “Pa” or experienced help if you are going through a long term transition that is not ending.

Nine of Swords

Oh the agony! Unfortunately the influence of this card reinforces the Devil. Not so good. There is a message here that I get of, “that which wakes you up in the night is the heart of the lesson (Karma) you are working through”.

Ace of Cups (R)

Are we still stuck because of this? Are we still murky in our decision-making? Are we continuing to question our / their motives?

The Ace in reverse is tailing on the cycle of the number 9 (nine of swords) and shows an incomplete beginning. For clarity’s sake, ask yourself what feels good.

Make an appropriate plan to move that direction, (or) if need be, dash there with passion unleashed.

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There is truth in what you feel and see. The point is to listen to your feelings, you inner sense, about it’s rightness for your self. We can all suffer miss-direction, the world is full of many wonderful and terrible things that can bring up our passionate self. I consider it a personal challenge to allow for the fire in the belly to burn without it setting everything around me ablaze in a 4 alarm fire…. well at least not without the proper safety equipment.

When we come to the crossroads, it is our passion that lights the way. Harness it. Make a torch like luminous Hekate, and seek the path you choose.

For the centered person, this could be a time of observation, seeing over indulgence in vice in others and knowing or seeing the result of those decadences. You may find you have an opportunity to shine a light in the darkness. Caution indicates that you shouldn’t let other peoples business take you away from your own life so much that your own passions suffer.

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Be well,

Scott K Smith
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Greetings travelers. I’m excited to say that we got some rain in Los Angeles. I was beginning to feel like a raison. Seems like a lot of things have been on the wait list as well, last week the issue raised was of potential delays in projects or plans, via the star and some opposing cards.

The week the story progresses.

Tarot Weekly

Strength comes into aspect this week with some strange detail cards. The compass of our journey spins the stars are illuminated from a new perspective, over the ocean and across a new vista we see a maiden and a lion. Near the woman, taming beast, we see two aces, pentacles and cups, both in reverse. These are mirrored by the two of wands (R), and four of cups.

Hind, or the deer, returns to us again. One week in, one week out, and now back. She is our animal guide or living energy that teaches us to handle our urges and the situation with gentleness, grace, beauty.

Getting ahead of myself, let’s see how these cards feel together.

Interpretation

The way forward is to lead with love, it may be tough love, it may be “killing them with kindness” but the way to carry on now is by exerting some control over your re-action to snap, bully, control, or growl and swipe. Bad kitty, no!

Lead the way forward from the heart.

When we bring the energy of anger or aggression up to the heart center we balance and take the animal gut reaction up to the human level.

Ace fo Pentacles (R) is asking us about what it is we are not doing to manifest what we want. Are you dedicated to making your will fruit to reward? This could also augur a loss of what you thought was a sure thing. A job, a financial opportunity, a monetary gain of some sort. Don’t play yourself by banking on outcomes that haven’t come to fruition. Wait for the pay out.

Ace of Cups (R) says, buck up kid, life isn’t all sunshine and lollipops, and you need to accept that the bad is as valid as the good, you sometimes don’t get what you want but, grow up, deal with it. Lying around and crying about your problems and blaming the world for your current situation. You NEED change.

Water is fluid, fluid is liquid, it flows to new places, takes on new forms depending on where it is carried. The current vessel for your fulfillment seems to be inadequate, otherwise you’d be feeling something else. Wouldn’t you?

Something to think about.

If you haven’t taken the time to get centered on your guiding star (last week) and come to understand, FEEL, you next move, the Two of Wands (R) is here to remind you of that important lesson. It’s nice when these little reminders come up, otherwise you may lose the opportunity in the moment.

“The door will come but once, do not hesitate” comes to mind. It’s from one of my favorite series of books ever, The Wheel of Time, Robert Jordan (RIP). Your momentum in relations to your goals, desires, and dreams is based on your focus, enthusiasm, and dedication to manifesting your dreams into reality.

It takes courage, conviction, and even risk. Putting ourselves in new situations that we do not know the temperature of. We are learning. This is life. Are you learning from the right experience or is it, the experience you are in, reminding you to find your passion again? Balance and on point, or goal lost from sight?

Which leads up to the other card (aspect) the Four of Cups. I quote:

“When you encounter the Four of Cups there is a sense that it is time for a re-evaluation of your situation and a need to look deep within your own psyche to find understanding.

You need to re-evaluate things. If you are bored or dissatisfied with the status quo, avoid distractions and examine your heart of hearts to gain clarity. “Crying over spilt milk” or saying, “I told you so” is not attractive.

The Four of Cups means disappointment in someone or in a situation. You may become tired of the same old struggle that has been carried on too long in the past. The end result may include disappointment in the final result.”

~Biddy Tarot

Well, when the message comes the invisible seems to really bang down the meaning for us. 1-2-3-4.

If you are self-absorbed, you tend to refer everything back to yourself – your own interests and desires. On this card, we see a man who is unaware of the cup being offered to him. He misses this gift because he’s turned within. In readings, the Four of Cups can indicate that you are wrapped up for the moment in your own world.

In some situations, you must focus on yourself. When life is too stressful, you need to devote time and energy to yourself or you will feel swamped. The Four of Cups can represent a positive period of self-reflection and renewal. By taking the time to go within to dream, muse and reflect, you restore your emotional balance.”

~Learn Tarot

The Deer is our little helper this week. I think she is saying to handle our self with a little gentleness and love. She becomes the lions keeper, feminine, matching that of the woman in the card. So great is her dedication to love that she can even calm the beast through her otherworldly power.

Subtleness. Have you ever watched deer coming out at dawn or dusk? Quiet. Graceful. They move with a quiet grace, ever vigilant, silent. They come out in the in-between time, dusk and enter the night. The deer return at dawn to the forest, grasses, and hidden places, always mindful of the beasts of the land. Deer can become prey.

The Druid Animal Oracle mentions a special connection the Otherworld and the Faery Folk, indicating that there is magick (new perception and exploration) to be had in these times. She’s been to us now once before.

My experience in the last week has been to see a dream crash (friend) and the later “aaack” because of it. That crash has to be recovered or we let the experience become defeat. Dont’ let the negative crush your dream, as my friend Astrid likes to say, “it can take a thousand rejection letters before your writing gets accepted”. The Star has told us, the dream is real, it can happen. Do not lose hope, do not let these times take you down, and if they do pick yourself back up, collect yourself, and look deeper.

What’s next for you? Anything is possible. Get back in touch with original vision. Take these notes and apply them to your dreams. What do they say for you and your goals in life? Begin there and find your answers.

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Be well,

Scott K Smith
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